DHV:
993
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

London

Richard

Meares

Date:

1677

Label Text:

Richard Meares, without / Bishops-gate, near to Sir / Paul Pinders, London / Fecit 1677 [printed except 77]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB

Glasgow

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Scroll

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Alison Brown, Glasgow, 1974-2017

Measurements:

Body Length:

70.3

String Length:

67.0

Rib Depth:

11.4

Upper Width:

33.0

Middle Width:

24.0

Bottom Width:

40.8

Information

Source:

TGM visit 8/03; Sotheby’s 11/21/74, lot 193

Literature:

Wells 1975, p. 140; Sotheby’s 11/21/74, lot 193

Photographs:

Wells 1975, p. 141 (back); Sotheby’s 11/21/74, lot 193 (F+B); [by TGM: FB+S, head side, table ornament, back ornaments, label (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Sotheby’s 1974/11/21, lot 193

5-piece table with central floral ornament; 3-piece back with diamond-pattern inlay on center strip, plus ovals above and below (latter with additional semicircular line); both have double purfling. When seen in 2003, owner said neck and scroll not original (clear graft between neck and pegbox); former slightly too rounded and angled back; had fairly high bridge by D. M. Kessler (not made for A. Brown, hence before 1974). Tailpiece was cello-influenced (curved sides, keyhole slots) and endpin fitting still present, plus patch over previous hookbar. Rib height at center bout 11.7; Sotheby’s body length 71.5, probably taken on back. Restored by Shem Mackey for new owner c.2018: new neck, pegbox, head, etc. based on study of multiple other Meares viols.